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"Libraries would do well to purchase Optimal Living 360" - Library Journal

"[A] smart and useful guide to achieving a balanced life." - Publishers Weekly

"With humor and humility, Jain blends common sense with valuable research in this all-encompassing guide to life." - Foreword Reviews
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"[A] whirlwind of advice in his comprehensive debut guide to health and well-being." - Kirkus Reviews

"A revolutionary inspirational book . . . compelling and powerful." - Readers' Favorite, ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Optimal Living 360 offers an extensive and encouraging action plan that puts you in charge of balancing life and prospering." - IndieReader, ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Brilliant! Sanjay Jain's Optimal Living 360 is a business plan for life. Read it, apply it's principals and enjoy the results."
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David Bach #1 New York Times bestselling author, Start Late, Finish Rich and The Automatic Millionaire

"Dr. Sanjay Jain is the perfect expert to help you get your life on the right track with a positive attitude with a balanced career!"
- James R. Andrews M.D. Renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon with high profile patients from the NFL, MLB, NBA, and PGA.

"Dr. Sanjay Jain expertly reframes the discussion of a well-rounded holistic life and will be a tonic for those trying to align the need for satisfaction with the realities of work and life."
- Keith Ferrazzi,
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Who's Got Your Back?

"Balance, harmony, and an excellent return on your investment--in Optimal Living 360, Dr. Sanjay Jain offers the perfect trifecta on personal net worth. A must-read!"
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Kimberly Foss
New York Times bestselling author, Wealthy by Design

From the Author

Preface (Excerpted from book)

Warning! I want to give you a heads-up first before you read any further. This book may actually give out too much information. Yes, that's right: TMI. Conventional wisdom and rule of thumb suggest sticking to only a few topics. Guess what? This is not your conventional book. I am not going to follow the herd on this one.


Why not? Because we all live multidimensional lives; as human beings we have a complex makeup in a very complex world. We can't afford to be masters of one domain yet be completely deficient or devoid in all the others. No one is perfect, including yours truly. We all have our unique strengths and weaknesses. I have had my share of life's blunders, tragedies, failures, or whatever you want to call them. Yes, I have fallen on the mat quite a few times. Despite being battered and bruised in the figurative sense, I have continued to pick myself up.


My journey of ups and downs has given me a greater appreciation of life's many twists and turns. I have had to learn about some of my own imperfections and insecurities. How does one deal with and reconcile them? The fact is they simply aren't limited to one particular category. In terms of spirituality and religion, I have had times when I had internal conflicts and doubt to a point of existential confusion. In terms of health, I have had a few scares along the way. My relationships have come with their challenges as well as their rewards. And, of course, I have not been immune to the recent economic storm.


How do you navigate and survive this wilderness called life? There is so much information out there, it's a bit overwhelming to try to gain perspective and understanding. It's even more frustrating when you try focusing on one problem but still need help with several other issues. Who can you go to for help? What should you read? When I was in that situation, I didn't want to walk out of a bookstore or library with ten books on various self-improvement subjects. I wanted to find one book that would give me a snapshot of life. I never found it--until now. It's right here in your hands. You are holding it.


This book was born from my own search for clarity and meaning. My goal is for you to get the absolute maximum of information possible from it. In other words I want you to have a very high return on investment (ROI). Toward that end I've included everything but the kitchen sink in this book. I want every page you turn to be of great value.


There are a lot of areas to master. The point is not to be a superstar in everything. If you are simply well informed, you will be able to reach levels of mastery in several areas. Why not? We should all strive to find balance in life and excel in as many areas as we possibly can. I have complete confidence you can do this. We all have potential; by tapping into it, our limits are boundless.


In reading this book, you have taken the first step toward better living. However don't expect to make wholesale changes overnight. It's a process. Rome wasn't built in one day. This book is meant to kick-start your journey, to give you a few pointers to build on. You will likely have to go back and reread and review things on occasion. Once you start noticing positive results, I am sure you will want to keep going. Even if you're not ready for immediate change, simply being aware of the possibilities will help you set future goals.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (February 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608325830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608325832
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
One of the problems with our educational system is that students are taught a lot information but they are not taught how to apply that information in the proper context of life. Therefore we have a large percentage of adults that do not know how to make decisions which will help them live a balanced life.

Dr. Sanjay Jain, author of Optimal Living 360, has written a comprehensive book that teaches the techniques for making better decisions and then goes on to illustrate how to apply those techniques in the most important areas of our lives.

Dr. Jain writes from a unique perspective. First he is a medical doctor. After a few years of medical practice, he realized that his business skills were lacking, so he went back to school to acquire an MBA.

If we hope to achieve a state of optimal living, we must know how to take care of our health. In addition, since we live in a materialistic world, we must know how to manage our finances. Dr. Jain covers both these areas in detail.

He uses the acronym ASPIRES to represent the topics he covers in the book. ASPIRES stands for Assets, Safety, Physical, Intellectual, Relationships, Economic and Spiritual. He uses another acronym CAPS to teach how to protect our assets. CAPS stands for Core Assets Protection Strategies.

Dr. Jain starts by teaching proper methods for making sound decisions. The quality of our lives is determined by the quality of our choices - decisions. If we are not skilled in making good decisions, we will not have the quality of life we desire.

Then he walks the reader through each of the assets, starting with Safety and going through Spiritual. He gives very good, sound, easy to implement advice on how to protect our core assets.

Dr.
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This is a fantastic book that covers a lot of different areas to work on in order to achieve a balanced life. I was surprised to see it covered health issues as well as financial and intellectual ones, though after reading it I realize how intertwined our health and physical condition is with everything else in our lives.

The book teaches how to make the best decisions instead of the easiest ones, in every aspect of our day to day existence. Only by making good decisions will we have the quality of life we really want. I also appreciated the discussion on stress and how to deal with it in a positive manner. My favorite part, as always, was the personal stories. They were so sincere and helped me connect to the author and his important message of achieving balance in my life.
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I've bought self-help books in the past on specific areas - how to improve health or my finances - but it's been slim pickings finding a book that ties everything together. I was impressed at how well this book does that. This book encourages you take a step back and look at life from a big picture perspective. The author succinctly covers each important life area (health, finance, etc.) and outlines how to maximize your 'ROI' by providing his own personal experiences and offering tips and decision making frameworks. Overall, I'm smarter after reading this book than I would be if I didn't, which is basically how I evaluate self-help books. To summarize:
- Comprehensive, succinct, and easy-to-read (Took me less than a week to read)
- Provides good tips and can be used a reference guide
- Credible author (Practicing doctor with an MBA to go along with personal experiences to support advice)
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Wow, they say life doesn't come with an instruction manual, but this book sure is close. Optimal Living 360 is a great all-around resource for building a sound life and taking care of yourself. It covers so much information it's almost like getting five books in one. What's great is the author shares a lot of personal stories and he really comes from the heart. This is a great resource book that anyone would benefit from. I'll always have it nearby!
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When "Optimal Living 360: Smart Decision Making for a Balanced Life" first came to my attention I wondered if it really had any words of wisdom or truly a insightful and practical guide to a balanced life... and I was happy to have that skepticism blown right out of the water. This book is something I wish I had when I was younger and made unwise decision that left me so much farther from my life goals than I had originally been.

It's a smart and practical book that guides you through Dr. Jain's thoughtful and insightful approach to life and decision making that really helps to center your thoughts, goal and actions in life. It's a well-written book with a straightforward and easy to understand writing style, making it easy to glean every ounce of insight and help from the author's experience and skills to truly make the most of life and go into every decision making process with more confidence and more streamlined decision making.

Overall, I found the book to be incredibly thought-provoking and useful in making me feel ready and able to approach life smarter, with more balance in mind.
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I loved this book. I am always trying to find new ways to learn lessons about effective life strategies when it comes to realizing my dreams and proper planning and use of my finances. Optimal Living 360, gives you a fantastic core foundation and step by step guide to navigate the mine fields and setbacks life can throw at you. However it wasn’t just about your money. It is filled with information about how to effectively protect your health, cyber security, Nutrition, self-esteem, time management. The list is endless. The author helps illustrate his bullet points by sharing with you his personal experience. The thing I got instantly from the book was, taking short-cuts to try to acquire wealth or weight loss, social climbing, often provide more lengthy setbacks than they do helping you move to your desired goal! A great read, packed with information that you can apply every day, as each new day offers you another chance to succeed.
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